Taiwan needs support against threats from China: President Xi is playing into US hands

Taiwan needs support against threats from China: President Xi is playing into US hands Chika Mori and Lee Jay Walker Modern Tokyo Times President Xi Jinping of China needs to focus on statecraft because issues related to Xinjiang, Tibet, and territorial disputes all threaten to derail the international outreach of this nation. Hence, with China…

Japan’s Foreign Policy: China and Russia are essential because no warrior Benkei in sight

Japan’s Foreign Policy: China and Russia are essential because no warrior Benkei in sight Lee Jay Walker Modern Tokyo Times Since the post-World War Two period, it is abundantly obvious that America predominates when it comes to the foreign policy of Japan. Indeed, the relationship, despite having some ups and downs, continues to blossom based…

Japan and China take small steps to prevent air and sea clashes in territorial areas of overlap

Japan and China take small steps to prevent air and sea clashes in territorial areas of overlap Chika Mori and Lee Jay Walker Modern Tokyo Times Prime Minister Shinzo Abe of Japan is extremely concerned by the intentions of China in areas of dispute with China. Alternatively, China, just like in the South China Sea,…

Japan wants India to assist Myanmar to a higher degree: Confused by Trump administration

Japan wants India to assist Myanmar to a higher degree: Confused by Trump administration Sawako Utsumi and Lee Jay Walker Modern Tokyo Times Yohei Sasakawa, the Special Envoy of Japan to Myanmar, is alarmed by the increasing role of China in the internal affairs of Myanmar and the aloofness of America under President Donald Trump.…

China must refrain from intrigues in the territorial waters of Japan: The Korean Peninsula

China must refrain from intrigues in the territorial waters of Japan: The Korean Peninsula Kanako Itamae and Lee Jay Walker Modern Tokyo Times The government of China should refrain from military intrigues and the expression of emboldened statements about territorial waters that belong to Japan. Indeed, with tensions showing positive signs on the Korean Peninsula…

America, China, and Russia should work together on the issue of North Korea

America, China, and Russia should work together on the issue of North Korea Kanako Itamae and Lee Jay Walker Modern Tokyo Times The crisis on the Korean peninsula needs calmness in the corridors of power in Washington and Pyongyang respectively. Yet, in order to reach this, it is essential that the leading powers of America,…

Japan needs to Re-Align with China: Legacy of Buddhism, Confucianism, History, and Taoism

Japan needs to Re-Align with China: Legacy of Buddhism, Confucianism, History, and Taoism Sawako Uchida and Lee Jay Walker Modern Tokyo Times   The ancient Middle Kingdom of China impacted greatly on the culture of Japan and this notably applies to the legacy of Buddhism, Confucianism, and Taoism, that all altered the landscape of Japan…

China and Russia Multiply Efforts in Global Agenda-Setting

China and Russia Multiply Efforts in Global Agenda-Setting Publication: China Brief By: Vitaly Kozyrev The Jamestown Foundation At the 70th Session of the UN General Assembly in late September, the leaders of China and Russia condemned western unilateralism (Chinese Ministry of Foreign Affairs, September 28; UN.org, September 28). Chinese President Xi Jinping launched his week-long…

Russia’s Game in Southeast Asia

Russia’s Game in Southeast Asia Publication: Eurasia Daily Monitor By: Stephen Blank The Jamestown Foundation The Ukraine crisis has brought Russia and China much closer together (see EDM, April 3). But Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev’s trip to Southeast Asia—Thailand and then Vietnam—in early April 2015, suggests that Moscow is simultaneously hedging against China, as…

China’s Sea Boundary Claims are Assisting America: South China Sea and Asia Pacific

China’s Sea Boundary Claims are Assisting America: South China Sea and Asia Pacific Shuchun Zhang, Noriko Watanabe and Lee Jay Walker Modern Tokyo Times Political statecraft is a rich art in China because the “Middle Kingdom” faced many geopolitical and religious realities that threatened on several fronts. Therefore, it is time for modern China to…